The US Space Program is not only alive, it is so far ahead of schedule that NASA issued an edict in May 2012 for other explorers in America as well as international space agencies to leave their offloaded materials and equipment alone when they reached the moon. We may see the first property disputes later in 2012.
Outer Space Burials have been sold successfully for a few years now and private companies like SpaceX are carrying loved ones’ remains to the skies. This includes Star Trek’s Scotty, James Doohan.
In 2013, Google’s contest for designing lunar landers will place vehicles on the moon once again, two years early. Google and film director/explorer James Cameron are involved already in Space Mining as well.
NASA partnerships with over 60 businesses span 26 US States as of May 2012. Jobs are beginning to emerge. NASA gave out another 25 scholarships to college and grad students in 2012 and 5 universities were selected to build space and Moon/Mars and other deep space habitats.
Contrary to the nay-sayers that wish the space program dead, US Space Flight is alive and full to overflowing with projects and people.